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Non-Dug Items Used by Soldiers and on the Homefront
Misc. Non-Excavated
TYELER TEXAS Camp Ford Carved Dated Wisconsin POW Carved Powder Flask
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This is one of the coolest pieces of Civil War prisoner of war art you will ever find. This hand carved powder flask that was carved by one of the Union prisoners while in camp. This piece is carved from a large cow horn. It is 14 inches in length and is 3-1/4th inches across at the widest point. You see some amazing pieces of carved art from there and they are usually found on carved powder horns because of all of the Texas cattle. This is a great size with some intricate detail work all the way around. It has the banner with the soldier's name that reads "Wm TRITZ CO. E. 9 Wi." The records show that Wilhelm Tritz Enlisted as a Musician in the 9th Wisconsin Infantry on November 7th 1861. On September 30th 1862 he was taken prisoner at Newtonia, Missouri. He was released and went back into service. At the battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas, on April 30th 1864, he was captured again. This time, he was sent to Tyler, Texas, where he was put into the prisoner of war camp, Camp Ford. At Camp Ford, there was an expert carver that made some amazing pieces of folk art, including this one. He made some wonderful horns. Here is a link to one that came into me while we were taping an Antiques Roadshow in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2014. POWDER HORN As for this horn, It has the standing view of Lady Liberty with the flag behind her and a shield below. Every turn of the horn reveals something new. Below the name banner, it has the Tyler, Texas location and the 1865 date. Below this, it has the spread wing Union eagle and shield with a firing cannon below. It has the infantry style hunting horn insignia. There is even an image of the prison wall with the two guards standing duty by the gate with the "CAMP FORD" name. At the wide end of the horn, it has the original hand carved wooden plug tacked in place. Tritz served with the 9th Wisconsin until he mustered out on July 22nd 1865. The 9th Wisconsin was a regiment made up of German descent organized in the fall of 1861. They fought against Confederates when they left home as well as a group of Confederate Native Americans at Cowskin Prairie. Then through fought at Newtonia where he was captured. A brief printout of Tritz' service as well as that of the 9th Wisconsin Infantry will accompany the horn. This piece is exceptional from all angles as you can see.

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